Dayton defeats Fordham 78-68 in Atlantic 10 semifinal

Fordham head coach Keith Urgo and members of the men’s basketball team speak to reporters following their semifinals loss in the A-10.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Toumani Camara had 28 points and Daron Holmes scored 20 in Dayton’s 78-68 win against Fordham on Saturday night in a semifinal of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.

Holmes had six rebounds and three blocks. Camara added seven rebounds for the Flyers (22-11). Malachi Smith recorded 11 points.

The No. 3-seed Rams (25-8) were led by Khalid Moore, who recorded 24 points and seven rebounds. Will Richardson added 16 points and Rostyslav Novitskyi had 13 points.

Dayton led 36-33 at the half, with Camara scoring 13 points. Dayton’s 9-0 run gave the Flyers a 68-58 lead with 3:40 left.

Second-seeded Dayton will play No. 1-seed VCU for the championship on Sunday.

The loss was a disappointing end to an impressive season for the Rams, which saw the program record its first 20-win season since 1990-91.

The defeat likely ends Fordham’s NCAA Tournament dreams, which haven’t been a reality since 1992 long before any of the current members of the Rams were born. They could also receive an invite to the NIT.

— Christian Arnold contributed to this report